Mayor and Council approve expanded use of Individual Parking Plan, request additional engagement on Electric Vehicle Readiness Requirements

During a July 12 meeting, an updated proposal for changes to commercial parking requirements were presented to Mayor and Council for a public hearing continued from April 19.

The proposed changes included:

  • Requiring new multifamily, commercial, and retail development to include electric vehicle (EV) readiness infrastructure; and
  • Expanded eligibility for the Individual Parking Plan (IPP) to affordable housing developments, restaurants, and bars

After the public hearing was closed, Mayor & Council discussed the proposed components separately.

Mayor and Council voted 5-1 in favor of allowing restaurants, bars, and affordable housing to apply for an IPP. This will allow these kinds of establishments to request to provide less parking onsite than required by the City code, based on their expected parking demand. Approval of reduced parking will be based on a review of site-specific parking and transportation needs, a required neighborhood meeting, and compliance with certain criteria. This will allow restaurants and bars that have been participating in the temporary program to allow expanded outdoor seating as a pandemic relief measure as an option to make their expanded outdoor seating permanent, should they choose.

During the July 12 meeting, Mayor and Council postponed a vote on EV readiness to allow for an additional round of stakeholder feedback.

Planning and Development staff will return to Mayor and Council later this summer after incorporating input into a more refined proposal. More information will be available soon.

View and review the presentation made by Planning and Development staff during the July 12 meeting. The Mayor and Council meeting can be viewed below.